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Dredging Will Continue in Shark River

  The dredging of the navigational channels in the Shark River will continue after all after it was determined that Federal Emergency Management Agency funding that had been awarded in the wake of Superstorm Sandy may have been in jeopardy if the state did not act. The project calls for the removal of106,000 cubic yards of sediment from the navigational channels in the Shark River. The dredging was suspended due to a lack of funding in the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). “We had concerns but the project is back on track and hopefully the contractor can now fulfill…

Half-Price Membership at Ocean Pool

  There’s still plenty of summer left and Ocean Township is helping to make it more enjoyable with half-price memberships to the Community Pool and Tennis Facility, 615 West Park Ave. The attractive recreation center sits on more than six acres and offers three pools: a kiddie pool for the youngest visitors, a main pool with an open swim area and separate lap section and a 10 foot deep dive tank. In addition, there are tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts and a playground. Mature trees provide cool shade so visitors can enjoy the outdoor facility even on the hottest…

Madonna House Will Receive $130,000

  By DON STINE The prayers at the Madonna House in Neptune were recently answered when a generous donor paid off the charitable organization’s $130,000 mortgage. “I was always praying not to have a mortgage and what a burden has been lifted off my shoulders,” Madonna House founder Rebecca Blonski said earlier this week. Blonski said she was struggling to pay off three separate mortgages and the pressure was on when one of the privately-held mortgages needed to be paid off for the Madonna House property at 1401 Seventh Ave. She purchased the property in 1988. The 10,000-square-foot building houses…

Concerns Continue Over Land Leases

  By DON STINE Potential hefty increases for land leases in Ocean Grove, particularly for commercial properties, remains an issue with people owning property there and the Ocean Grove Homeowners Association and others have retained an attorney to look into the matter. The Homeowners Association and other stakeholders have retained Roseland-based Attorney Matthew Adams, who is the son of former Neptune Police Chief Robert Adams, to look into the land lease issue. All land in Ocean Grove is owned by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association and leased to its property owners. In addition, property owners are still taxed on…

New Neptune City Police Officer

  Alexander J. Parisi was sworn in as a Neptune City probationary patrolman this week. Parisi, of Toms River, successfully passed the Monmouth County Chiefs of Police written and physical examination. More than 100 police officer candidate applications were reviewed by the Command Staff of the Neptune City Police Department. Thirty applicants went before the Command Staff Oral Review Board of the Neptune City Police Department and out of those six were selected to appear before Mayor Robert Brown, Police Commissioner Joseph Zajack, and the Command Staff of the Neptune City Police Department for the final review. Parisi was the…

Dumpsters Off the Streets in Ocean Grove

  Dumpsters and other temporary storage units must be removed from Ocean Grove’s public streets from 3 p.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Monday during the summer season (May 15- Sept. 15) under an ordinance adopted by the Neptune Township Committee this week. The ordinance, which goes into effect immediately, is intended to free up much-needed parking spaces during the summer months but some residents said it doesn’t make a great deal of sense and may be a burden to property owners. “This is nonsense,” Ocean Grove resident Jack Braden said, who asked if dumpsters can be placed in yards. Township…

Tomato Fest Planned in Tinton Falls

  A Tomato Fest is scheduled for the Crawford House in Tinton Falls Sat., July 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine and include everything from tomato cooking demonstrations to tomato gardening instructions, butter chruning, story time for children, farm stand with local goods and old fashioned children’s games. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held rain or shine. The Crawford House is located at 750 Tinton Ave.

Asbury Park to Receive Over $7 Million for Affordable Housing

  Two large-scale affordable housing projects will soon be underway in Asbury Park’s Springwood Avenue corridor, thanks to cooperation between the City, the Housing Authority, and state elected officials. Asbury Park Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton today announced that Renaissance Village, a 64-unit affordable housing project, would receive $7,870,000 from the third round of Community Development Block Grant funding. These Sandy-related federal funds are passed through the State of New Jersey under the Fund for Restoration of Multifamily Housing. An additional award has been allocated for demolition and rebuilding of the Boston Way project, for approximately 120 mixed-income units. “Years of planning…

City Council Wants Dates Reserved at Fifth Avenue Pavilion

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Asbury Park City Council members would like the city to be able to reserve some dates for its use at the new Fifth Avenue Pavilion when completed. But Madison Marquette, the owner of the building, is not so sure that was in the original agreement. A vote on a conceptual review of the Fifth Avenue Pavilion may be postponed while the council and Madison Marquette work out the details. At this week’s work session, council was discussing a review of the proposal for the pavilion but there was some confusion as to whether or not…